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Is H1N1 Swine Flu Vaccine Safe?

Swine FLU
By Pratima Sharma , Onlymyhealth editorial team / Jul 15, 2011
Is H1N1 Swine Flu Vaccine Safe?

Swine Flu Prevention - There have been raging debates on whether the H1N1 swine flu vaccine is safe or not. However, there are many people who have been vaccinated and thay have been able to keep H1N1 swine flu at bay.

Swine Flu has emerged as one of the most prominent health scares of recent times. It has attained pandemic status across several continents of the world. In the year 2009 battling this disease had proved to be a major challenge for medical research. The  H1N1 swine flu vaccine was developed soon after. However, this newly developed shot has been shrouded in multiple doubts and debates since its inception. The raging concern has been regarding the swine flu vaccine safety. Most people have shirked the idea of taking these shots for the fear that this relatively new preparation might result in several negative repercussions in the body, dealing with which might prove to be even more complicated than battling the disease itself. The mixed responses which have flowed in from various corners have confused people even further. However, it is important to clear the air and try to understand if the H1N1 swine flu vaccine is safe or not. After all, the vaccine has been a result of relentless research efforts. Therefore, it deserves a fair evaluation and suitable implementation, which can help us to battle a fatal disease like swine flu.

 

The H1N1 Swine Flu Vaccine—Some Vital Facts 


In order to discern if the H1N1 Swine Flu vaccine is safe or not, one needs to make a fact based judgment. Just relying on the experiences of other people will not really help.

  • One of the rare side effects that this vaccine has exhibited is the Guillain-Barré Syndrome. This condition is characterised by paralysis of the legs, face and arms. In extreme cases, it might affect the lungs and can even lead to death. However, this side effect is not a common phenomenon. Similar side effects were noted among several patients who were subjected to a mass vaccination drive during the outbreak the swine flu epidemic in the United States, way back in 1976.
  • There have been reports that Squalene, a chemical compound, which is added to the vaccine formulation for improving its efficiency, is responsible for causing neurological problems and is also responsible for auto-immune diseases in humans.
  • The swine flu vaccine in particular and all flu vaccines in general can result in allergic reactions if you happen to be allergic to any of the components that went into making this formulation. However, that does not necessarily mean that the H1N1 swine flu vaccine is safe for the rest. The shots might result in allergic reactions even in people who might not be particularly allergic to the compounds involved. Allergic reactions are manifested through mild fever, swellings and sores and as well as a headache. However, the reactions may assume life threatening proportions in rare cases.
  • There were some conflicting reports which stated that getting vaccinated with the swine flu vaccine in 2009 was actually infecting people with the virus.

When you attempt to assess if the H1N1 swine flu vaccine is safe or not, you must also consider the fact that despite these scary reports, there are millions of people who have actually taken these shots and have been suitably protected from the disease without any visible side effects.

 

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Written by
Pratima Sharma
Source: Onlymyhealth editorial teamJul 15, 2011

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